|Posted by GreenBanner18 on May 8, 2010 at 12:51 AM|
As I said in last nights post about Paul Pierce and his quotes that were broken down by SportsNation, he was confident all along that his team had it in them to beat anyone. While he said it he had a smile on his face like everything was in control. They knew how they played in Cleveland, and I am sure understood that they should be up 2-0 in the series. The one problem is they were not up 2-0 in the series, and were tied 1-1.
That arrogance of thinking you are just simply better than the other team leads to what happened last night. The Cavs played like it was a game 7, while the Celtics played like it was game 40 of the regular season. When that happens, you will see a 29 point loss.
The Celtics best choice would have been to play this series out like it "meant nothing". Instead they had to get too excited with the way they played the first 2 games. It is never a good thing to give the other team extra initiative to play, especially a team that is the favorite to win the series.
You could tell throughout the week that the Celtics may have been a little too loose. Mike Brown had his post game press conference and ripped into his team. You better believe that throughout the week he was telling his team exactly what Doc was telling his team going into game 2. While they were doing that, the Celtics thought they had a strangle hold on the series.
Now here we are 1-2 series deficit, when the series "should be" 2-1. I can only expect exactly what happened in game 2 will repeat itself for game 4. The Celtics won't come out so damn flat, and they will play hard while maybe now the cockiness will swing to the Cavs side. This series will be decided by the first team to show the composure to win a game, and come out to win the next game.